Summer Institute


Summer Institute

 Bali, Indonesia

June 28 – July 18th, 2016

Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2016

June 28 Check in (Tuesday) June 29  Program begins (Wednesday) July 17  Program ends (Sunday) July 18  Check out (Monday)

GAMELAN PROGRAM– Daily sessions in Cudamani’s open air studio focus on learning techniques of Balinese gamelan, repertoire development and improving musicality. Under the Direction of Dewa Putu Berata, ten senior Cudamani players join studio sessions, thus ensuring individual attention as well as the robust sound Cudamani is famous for. The opportunity to play a wide range of pieces under astute leadership of Dewa Putu Berata will advance the musicianship and musical understanding of gamelan players from around the world.  The gamelan program will work primarily on the Semarandana ensemble, however, we will include opportunities to play Gamelan Angklung and if requested, Gender Wayang.

DANCE PROGRAM- Dancers have an opportunity to delve deeply into the beautiful and powerful practice of Balinese dance. Part of the day is spent in a class with the entire dance group, building or reinforcing a strong foundation in dance technique, then another part of the day is spent in two separate sessions one for those with Balinese dance experience and one for those new to the practice. Under the supervision of Emiko Saraswati Susilo, morning and afternoon sessions will be taught by arguably Bali’s most renown teachers- Ibu Ni Ketut Arini and Bapak I Nyoman Cerita. No matter where you are in your study of Balinese dance, the program will challenge and inspire you.

Both Programs International and Indonesian students will benefit from the educational approach refined by Cudamani teachers over the years.  Separate sessions with Level I and Level II material allow students of all levels to get the individual attention you need to develop artistically. Class placement will be decided by teachers once you are in Bali. Don’t worry! We’ll find the right level for you. Adding to the impact of this course of study is the chance to live and work in their home village of  Pengosekan, Ubud.  For seventeen years, Çudamani has enhanced village life in Pengosekan by teaching hundreds of Balinese children, youth, and adults.   CSI is the one time you have an opportunity to be incorporated into Çudamani’s teaching program and locals young and old always enjoy having these students in their village. The program features guest lectures and demonstrations by internationally renowned scholars and artists.

See the Cudamani Summer Institute in action!


Cudamani’s groundbreaking girls and women’s gamelan program

In the village of Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali is a family compound that is the ancestral home of Dewa Putu Berata and the home of Çudamani. Comprised of  virtuoso musicians and dancers, the company is famous for teaching, performing, and touring abroad. Çudamani is respected for their commitment to preserving and reviving the rich and rare classical Balinese repertoire. At the same time their senior members are composers in great demand by other groups across the island.   Çudamani received a grant from the Ford Foundation for their work in preservation, innovation, and education. Since the group’s founding in 1997, Çudamani has provided gamelan and dance instruction to hundreds of young people. Sixteen years ago they began a commitment to teach gamelan to the young girls in their village.  With the sustained determination of the senior members of Cudamani, this is the first girls group to be seriously trained from childhood, they have set a bar for excellence and today are considered the best young women’s group on the entire island.  The company’s technical accomplishments on the seven-toned Semarandana are unparalleled. Two major projects that demonstrate their originality and musical versatility have been met with critical acclaim- Odalan Bali and Bamboo to Bronze.     Most recently, the group was invited in 2012 and again in 2013 by Arts Midwest to tour for a total of ten weeks to US Midwestern states as part of Arts Midwest’s World Fest. Cudamani has sustained their excellence over six American and three European tours. Four CD and one DVD release are evidence of their artistic accomplishment.

Dewa Putu Berata teaches kecak.

Dewa Putu Berata teaches kecak.

Artistic Team

I Dewa Putu Berata: Director, Gamelan Çudamani Emiko Saraswati Susilo: Director, CSI

Selection Criteria

We invite individuals who wish to work intensively with other artists from around the world with a proven interest in living in another culture. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Beginners as well as experienced gamelan musicians and dancers are encouraged to apply.

Tuition Fees

Includes instruction, shared housing, daily breakfast, lunch (weekdays) and mid program excursions.

$2000   Shared room

$2735  Private room

A $25 non-refundable fee is required with each application.

All proceeds benefit Çudamani’s children/youth and master artist programs.  When accepted, the 1st tuition installment of tuition (50%) is due on May 1, 2016. The 2nd installment (remaining balance) is due on June 1, 2016. If you have any questions, please email  Cancellation after the June 1, 2016 date will forfeit 50% of deposit. Check payable to: Foundation for World Arts Mail to: 522 Masonic Avenue, Albany, CA 94706. Credit cards are also accepted.

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Artini 3 Cottages in Ubud.

Artini 3 Cottages in Ubud. Photo by Jorge Vismara.

Work Sample requested from applicants who have not worked with Cudamani in the past.

URL of music and/or dance samples. 5-10 minutes in length.For musicians: work sample may include footage/recording of a performance by your gamelan ensemble. For dancers: work sample may include footage of your performance in any dance form.


Participants will reside in centrally located hotels in Ubud. Accommodations are double occupancy unless you select the private room option.  Arrangements will be made by the Summer Institute.


Daily breakfast and lunch (5 days per week) is provided by the program. Also included are the Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner.


Participants are responsible for making own travel and visa arrangements as well as travel health insurance. Group excursions include visits to the sacred sites, witness ceremonies and attend performances.

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